Anderson v HM Advocate

Criminal evidence and procedure – Sufficiency of evidence – Fingerprint evidence – Judge's charge. High Court of Justiciary: Refusing an appeal by an appellant who was convicted of theft by housebreaking and the theft of a car, the court held that there was sufficient evidence available to entitle the jury to draw the inference that images of fingerprints taken from the appellant were those that were compared with lifts taken from the scene of the break-in; that the presence of fingerprints on the outside of a window at the locus of the break-in was sufficient to draw the inference that the appellant was responsible for the break-in; and that the sheriff's directions to the jury regarding a previous inconsistent statement by a Crown witness were adequate in all the circumstances.

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